The 2015 Grammy Awards are just a few days away with popular singers like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith nominated, but will they take home trophies?
The nominees for Album of the Year at this year's Grammys are from some of the most global superstars in the world, along with some newer singer-songwriters. Though any one of them could plausibly win the top Grammy, only one of them will.
Here are the nominees for Album of the Year:
Morning Phase by Beck
Beyoncé by Beyoncé
X by Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Girl by Pharrell Williams
Here is Enstars' prediction of who will win Album of the Year, ranked from least likely to win to most likely to win the trophy:
5. Girl by Pharrell Williams
Williams has had a career renaissance with the explosive success of his song Happy, which was featured in Despicable Me 2. This song was also included on Girl, which featured hit singles like Come Get It Bae and Marilyn Monroe. Despite his ubiquity and general popularity in the music industry, Girl was not regarded as a great album overall, scoring a 67 out of 100 on Metacritic. Voters inclined to R&B music may also gravitate to other albums in this field.
4. X by Ed Sheeran
Similar to Williams, Sheeran has had a meteoric rise in success as a singer-songwriter and his sophomore album X was a commercial favorite. With hit songs like Sing, Don't and now Thinking Out Loud, he is becoming even more huge with each new single. However, he too has a 67 out of 100 on Metacritic and he only has two other nominations this year, so he might not get enough votes to win.
3. Morning Phase by Beck
Beck's latest album may not have been as popular or mainstream as his fellow nominees, but this may be exactly what helps him stand out and potentially nab a surprise win. A well-respected veteran, Beck's reviews for this album were better overall with an 81 out of 100 on Metacritic. Older acts are often rewarded with Album of the Year at the Grammys so he has potential to win, though he will have to overcome two of the biggest artists of the year in order to do so.
2. In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Smith was unquestionably the breakout solo artist of 2014 with his hit Stay With Me reaching worldwide success, along with his followup I'm Not the Only One. He is often compared to fellow emotional British singer Adele, who has collected a bucket of Grammys in the past. He is also the only artist to get nominated in all four General categories, receiving nominations for Album, Record and Song of the Year in addition to Best New Artist. He clearly has the respect to win out, but his reviews are less than stellar comparatively, with a 62 out of 100 on Metacritic. While he may not be big enough to defeat the person below, he has a very good shot at upsetting.
1. Beyoncé by Beyoncé
There is no artist bigger in the world right now than Beyoncé, often dubbed Queen Bey. Surprising the world by dropping this album completely unannounced back in December 2013, she caused headlines and thinkpieces everywhere about the very nature of promoting and distributing albums. On top of all of this, the album itself was highly regarded, with an 85 out of 100 on Metacritic. It also launched the singles Drunk in Love, XO, Partition and more. Having said that, the Grammys don't have the best track record when it comes to R&B records in this category, so any of the other albums could take a surprise win.
For now, Enstars is betting that Beyoncé will take home the Album of the Year trophy and perhaps many more at the Grammy Awards this Sunday.
The 2015 Grammy Awards are slated to air on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.